Giving a speech or presentation in front of others is pretty nerve-wracking. If you remind yourself of the "three audience truths" before you go up in front of people, however, you'll give yourself an opportunity to calm down and focus on your message. Photo by Kheel Center.
Mantras and positive self-talk are good ways to pump up your energy and confidence, but they're even better when they're true. Darlene Price, a communications coach and author of Well Said!: Presentations and Conversations That Get Results, suggests you remember these three truths before you get on stage:
- They believe you're the expert, so don't tell them otherwise.
- They want you to succeed, so they're on your side.
- They won't know when you make a mistake, so don't announce it.
Go over them in your head or recite them out loud. You may not be able to control how nervous you feel, but you can control how you act. The audience only sees and hears what you want them too, so use that to your advantage and give the best speech of your life.
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